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The Sleeping Beauty – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Version and Direction: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Choreographer: Marius Petipa Reviewer: Janet Jepson There is a certain magic in the air when a ballet is performed, and an evening at the ballet seems to hark back to that previous era of classic theatrical opulence and privilege. To properly partake in the experience, one feels ...

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Swan Lake – Sadler’s Wells, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Sophia Moss “Don’t feed the swans” reads the sign standing next to a park bench where The Prince (Liam Mower) is writing a suicide note. Drunk and despondent, the prince plans to drown himself in Swan Lake, but before he can take his life, smoke starts to engulf the space ...

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The Nutcracker – Leeds Grand Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Director: David Nixon Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood To mark the festive season of shows at the Leeds Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet brings its much loved The Nutcracker. This 2007 version has been especially refreshed for one to appreciate and love this classical ballet even more. It certainly has a modern feel but does not compromise at all the classical elements ...

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Rambert: Life is a Dream – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Choreography: Kim Brandstrup Music: Witold Lutoslawksi Review: Dominic Corr Control, particularly to any auteur is their entire being. Where our vision cannot, will not and most likely should not collide with our realities. Rambert conveys Life is a Dreamas a narrative work, though in truth it is more akin to pure movement than theatre. An adaption of the 1635 play ...

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Original Choreography: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Additional Choreography: David Bintley, Marion Tait Reviewer: Daljinder Johal It’s difficult to reinvent the wheel for a classic ballet like The Nutcracker. But Sir Peter Wright’s 1990 production doesn’t need to when it’s just so magical. Since Wright gifted it to Birmingham, the scale of this annual production never fails ...

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English National Ballet: Swan Lake – Liverpool Empire

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Derek Deane after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Conductor: Gavin Sutherland Reviewer: John Roberts  Swan Lake is arguably the most instantly recognisable name in the Ballet repertoire, its story is ultimately universal thanks to its themes of love and loss, betrayal and forgiveness, traits and characteristics that everyone can relate so it will always be able ...

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Ballet Black – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Music: Philip Feeney (The Suit) Director / Choreographer: Cathy Marston / Arthur Pita Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Pioneering Ballet Black return with a thrilling double bill, which contains two very diverse pieces of modern ballet. Now in their 17th year, Ballet Black was founded under Cassa Pancho’s vision to create an inclusive company that represents artists of black and Asian descent. ...

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Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Artistic Director: Tory Dobrin Ballet Master: Raffaele Morra Reviewer: Dominic Corr Dance Consortium brings Edinburgh precisely what it adores - something intelligent, fabulous and unique. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is an all-male drag ballet troupe who seek to showcase their technical prowess in dance, whilst lampooning the traditional romanticism of ballet. The true measure of high-quality parody is ...

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